“Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion; it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality.” Poetry throughout the ages has influenced change in society and given voice to controversial topics. Wilfred Owen influenced his nation and became a powerful and significant agent of change through his literature as he demonstrated throughout his poetry how war is not something to be glorified yet is a horrific injustice suffered by many. By analysing Dulce Et Decorum Est and Anthem Of The Doomed it can be said that Owen’s significant message is to confront the idea of glorifying war and the patriotic sentiment of trench warfare.
The horrific betrayal the young soldiers suffered was a prominent aspect throughout the First World War. The powerful poems inspired from his experience as a young soldier register his criticism of Dulce Et Decorum Est Pro Patria Mori, meaning it is sweet and right to die for your country. During this time period, the media, politicians and songwriters praised the corruption that is war. Owen demonstrates through his poetry the propaganda that the media promoted war is. Through this poem Owen’s aim is to change civilian’s idea of war and to stop its glorification. The support and inspiration through Wilfred Owen’s poetry provided a voice for British soldiers and allowed them to recognise the true nature of war.
Wilfred Owen’s Dulce Et Decorum Est is a representation of the grim reality that war poses. He